TVA schedules drill at Sequoyah plant

By ALLEN MINCEY Banner Staff Writer
Posted 8/16/16

Residents around the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant could see an increase in emergency traffic and hear warning sirens during a drill at the site Wednesday.

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TVA schedules drill at Sequoyah plant

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Residents around the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant could see an increase in emergency traffic and hear warning sirens during a drill at the site Wednesday.

Emergency responders from federal, state and local agencies will join the Tennessee Valley Authority in the emergency preparedness training drill.

The Cleveland/Bradley Emergency Management Agency will be involved in the exercise, hosting a tabletop discussion at the building on Guthrie Drive. While an increase in emergency traffic in Cleveland is unexpected, it is possible the sirens on the western end of the county might sound.

The drill is part of an ongoing series of exercises required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to ensure an effective and coordinated response to protect the health and safety of the public, in the unlikely event of an emergency at Sequoyah.

Wednesday’s drill will involve hundreds of personnel working in multiple locations, including near the plant. Officials said residents may see increased vehicle traffic and may hear on- and off-site sirens briefly activated, but that increase will be seen more nearer Sequoyah.

All 10 counties in the Sequoyah emergency preparedness area, including Bradley County, will be involved in Wednesday’s drill. The exercise is expected to begin around 8 a.m.

A similar graded exercise will be conducted on Sept. 14, and the results will be shared in a public meeting at a later date.

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